Call it irony, but I'm going to put down a few thoughts on intolerance this morning. I woke up with a pouding headache this morning after attending a friend's college graduation party last night. I flicked on the TV and HBO had a documentary called "Soldiers in the Army of God." Growing up in the Bible Belt instilled me with the knowledge of this so-called "Army of God." Basically, this is a group of people who believe in their religion so blindly that they are willing to sacrifice their lives for it (whether that means dying or spending their life in prison.) This groups biggest target today would be abortion clinics. What crawls all over me when I hear these people talk is that they advocate killing those who perform abortions. Pardon me for noticing, but isn't that a bit hypocritical. Don't get me wrong, I'm not truly shocked by this hypocracy. I grew up in a southern baptist church and I've witnessed such hypocracy firsthand. I've got friends who've been on the business end of hypocritical acts that people such as these sometimes perpetrate. What does irk me is their self-righteousnous. They are being "commanded by God" to do these things. Riiiiiiggggghhhhhhttttt. Thank God I'm out of the Bible Belt. Enough about those loonies, and on to some more recent events. Yesterday I left a comment on the new TX bill that would require that state's govt to consider OSS offerings when they bid on software. I drew an analogy between this policy and the policy of Affirmative Action. This bothered some. Some people left intelligent and well-thoughout comments, other just shot from the hip (like I'm doing now.) One guy even said that I was cheapening the memory of people such as my fellow Alabamian MLK, Jr. Please! MLK would have been sickened by the Affirmative Action policies (IMO). The way I see it, he was not a hypocrit. He didn't want one form of racism replaced by another (at least not in the long term.) He wouldn't be one of those who would be willing to take up arms in "defense" of his cause. Which brings me back to my original point, Intolerance is bad, mmmmkay? Having lived with the first 23 of my 27 years has only gone to reinforce that. However, we're all intolerant of something, and I've got a good bead on that which I'm intolerant of. I can't tolerate those who veil their intolerance in the garments of religion. If there is a God, I hope he has something special in mind for this crowd.
Until next time,